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Midlands Edition e Superior Express 16 Pages Two SectionsNational Edition Plus Supplements Official Nuckolls County Newspaper Member of Nebraska Press Association and National Newspaper Association 16 Pages in Two Sections I I I 1 Illlll Our 11 lth Year, No. 49 ISSN 0740-0969 2010 Superior Publishing Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Su perior, Nebraska 68978 Thursday, December 9, 2010 ir Daughter rasp es Proposal may close largest ever kidney ..... transplant program Nuckolls Co. court If all goes according to plan, by Saturday evening 16 people will have new kidneys courtesy of 17 living do- nors. In what' s being billed as the world' s largest kidney exchange transplant chain ever performed at a single hospi- tal the 16 kidneys will be harvested and transplanted into 16 recipients during a three-day medical marathon that took months to choreograph. And the 17th donor? Called a "bridge" donor, she's giv- ing the kidney on behalf of hermom, one of the 16 recipients, but not yet. She'll wait until mid-December to do- nate to a stranger when the whole kid- ney paired donation dance will begin anew. The transplant chain began at Meth- odist Specialty and Transplant Hospi- tal through thd Texas Transplant Institute' s kidney paired donation pro- gram, which is the largest such pro- gram in the country. "Nothing like this has ever been done before," said Dr. Adam Bingaman, transplant surgeon and di- rector for the hospital's paired dona- tion program. "And next month, we hope to do six to 10 more." In a kidney paired donation, a po- tential recipient and a willing but in- compatible living donor are cross- matched with another recipmnt/incom- patible donor pair. In cases such as the one beginning today, more than two recipient/donor pairs can be involved. The chain was triggered earlier this year after Evonne Hiatt, 53, daughter of Darold and Loretta Hiatt, Superior, watched a television program about kidney paired donations. "It hit home with me," she recalled. "I said 'now that's something I could do." Because she didn't have a desig- nated recipient her kidney profile was put into the program's computer data base in a search for matches. 'One match set off another, which set off another and pretty soon we had 16 matches," said Bingaman. All 16 patients have end-stage kid- ney disease, meaning their kidneys have all but stopped functioning. Fifteen already were on dialysis, which filters toxins from the blood, while the 16th was close to needing it. The patients range in age from 17 to 63 and have come from as far away as Kansas, Vermont and Virginia. Tracy Guzman, 38, is donating on behalf of her mother, Peggy Lugo Smith, who'U be receiving her second kidney transplant. The first lasted seven years and Guzman, the bridge donor whose own kidney won't be harvested until next month, says she has no doubts about what she's doing. "Second thoughts? Not an option," she said. "I'm excited to be able to help one of the most important people in my life, my mom." Arranging for so many surgeries over such a short period of time re- quired months of planning. There will be five surgeons involved, two har- vesting the organs, two transplanting them and a fifth as backup, using four of the hospital's 11 operating rooms. Including surgical assistants, anes- thesiologist, nurses and.other person- nel, an estimated 150 people will be involved in the transplant chain. B ingaman acknowledges that some might view the transplant chain as more a stunt than medical necessity. "We're already the biggest paired donation program in the country, so we have nothing to prove," he said. "But we do have the duty to maximize our utilization of these precious resources, these kidneys." In a recent letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Bingaman calculated that an additional 2,000 live-donor kidney transplants could be performed nationwide if more transplant centers instituted kidney paired donation programs. There currently are more than 87,000 patients on the waiting list to receive a kidney transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Shar- ing, the nonprofit organization that manages the nation's transplant sys- tom. When the surgeries are done and everyone's recovered, Evonne Hiatt said she hopes all the donors and re- cipients to will be able to get together to meet one another. "That would be a really neat thing to do," she said. Friend of Superior to direct network news Ben Sherwood. the author of a best selling book that was set in the small town of Superior. has been tapped to lead a national television network's news division. Friday the Walt Disney Company announced Sherwood was the company's pick to head the news divi- sion of the American Broadcasting Company. Sherwood was the executive pro- ducer of the National Broadcasting Company's Evening News with Tom Brokaw when he first visited Superior. During vacation periods from that job, he made numerous trips to Superior gathering material for the book titled "The Man Who Ate the 747." During those visits he made numerous friends here and many of those friends later were his guests in New York City. After writing the 747, Sherwood left NBC with the intention to become a full-time writer. His next book was titled "The Death and Eife of Charlie St. Cloud which also became a best seller and which earlier this year was made into a movie staring Zac Efron. Movie rights to the 747 book were purchased by Warner Brothers. The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday work continues to develop that story into a film. Sherwood is well acquainted with the ABC News division. Before join- ing NBC News in 1997. hehad worked as an ABC producer. He returned to ABC in 2004 and served as the execu- tive producer of Good Morning America. He again left ABC in 2006 to work on book projects. He turned his book, "The Survivors Club" into a website. In recent months Express read- ers have observed he made a number of television appearances related "The Survivors Club." He will replace David Western who said in September he planned to step down the news division' s president by year's end. Sherwood takes over ABC News at a critical time. The big three tradi- tional television networks face intense competition from the internet and cable television networks. Viewership is down and faced with declining audi- ences, the networks have been trim- ming staff in an effort to control costs. Earlier this year ABC trimmed about a quarter of the news division staff which had number about 1,600 people. In an interview following the an- nouncement, Sherwood said, "The or- ganization is radically different today than it was four years ago." He told reporters he plans to raise the competi- tive metabolism and innovate with new programs and products with the goal of finding more audiences globally. In an email this week to Lew Hunter, Sherwood said Superior will always be close to his heart. This "chain saw art" eagle stands in-fr0nt of theSu ;eriorCountry club. The eagle has been stained and finished, a process which will need repeated occasionally. It is constructed from the trunk of a locus, tree. Clubhouse project nears completion The Superior Country Club's new clubhouse is neanng completion? As workers apply the l]nishing touches. the building is open during the day and the public is welcome m stop by and look in. This week. interior walls are being painted, the ceiling insulated and elec- trical work is being finalized. The ex- terior and landscaping for the 4.500 square foot is finished and all supplies are on site. Finally, the trim will be added, floor- ing installed and the fixtures placed. Tom Sorsensen. project coordinator. knows after four years of planning and Part of the work in process at the Superior Country Club this week included insulating the ceiling. Country Club members expect the facility to be com- pleted this coming winter. Reservations are being accepted. The facility will be able to seat 125 for a dinner theatre. Note the stage in the background to the left of the picture. The facility is open and local residents are welcome to tour it at their leisure. fund raising, the finish date is uncer- tain. but he hopes it will be early next year. "The building is turning out better than we thought it would when we started." Sorensen said. "That doesn't always happen. We are still fund rais- ing, so donations are appreciated. "We hope the building will be a community asset," he continued. "Su- perior has lots of assets, if rural areas ever again see an increase in popula- tion. Superior should be ready. Lovewell Lake is close and golf is part of recreation expectations for profes- sional people." The stage facility, designed to pro- vide a place for community drama pre- sentations is in place. The facility will be able to host a dinner theatre for 125 or seat 200 in chairs. Final financial figures are yet to be determined, but the building will cost approximately $400,000. It is expected the ongoing management and cost of operating the facility will be covered by user fees. Reservations for use of the facility are being accepted The stump of a locust tree in front of the building was carved by a Mark Rexhinger. Lincolm Neb., to look like an eagle. "I looked on the internet to find a chain saw artist and found there are 17.000 of them." Sorensen said. "We found Mark through a referral from Davenport. He worked hard for two days to create the eagle. - The eagle is approximately four feet tall and is perched on a locust tree stump which is approximately 30 inches in diameter. The statue has been stained and lacquered, a process which Nebraska's county court system is in for a big change if a proposal now being circulated is adopted by the leg- islature. The proposal calls for closing county court offices in 30 counties, including those in Franklin, Webster and Nuckolls counties, and reducing staff sizes in 32 other counties includ- ing Kearney and Adams. The moves that would eliminate 40 jobs and sup- posedly save the state $1.4 million. With a projected budget gap of $96 million, lawmakers are expected to consider a number of cost cutting pro- posals. Nebraska has long had a county court office in each county but since taking over operation of the court sys- tem, the state has been trimming staff. Forty-years age Nuckolls County residents elected a county judge and maintained a two-person office that was open five days a week. The judge was not required to be a trained lawyer but was usually a respected resident of the county. The first step toward consolidation was to require the judge also 'be an attorney and to elect one judge to serve multiple counties. The state has continued to regularly reduce staff. Now in most of the coun- ties slated for closing a circuit judge visits twice a month. With the advent of the internet. much of the work once done in person is handled electronically. Staff mem- bers who remain in the county offices are often working electronically in other offices and somedays are even phyically present in other counties. The Omaha World-Herald reported Wednesday that more than half of the civil cases processed by the county court system are filed electronically. Mike Heavican, chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, said the pro- posed office closings would not neces- sarily close the county courts. He said juries would still need to be selected from the local counties and judges could elect to hold hearings and trials in the counties. He said only the court's of- fice personnel would be gone. After Heavican met with the legislature's judiciary committee on Tuesday, the committee decided to in- clude court closings among its sug- gested ways to cut state spending. Christmas Live presented at Nuckolls County fairgrounds Salem Lutheran Church sponsored "Christmas Live" Sunday afternoon with the assistance of other area churches. The event took place at the Nuckolls County Fairgrounds. In the 4-H building tour guides directed groups through a candle light, trail to four stations highlighting parts of the Biblical account of Jesus's birth. The first depicted the angel visiting Mary, the second was the Gabriel visiting Joseph; the third - Mary visiting Eliza- beth and the fourth was Mary and Jo- seph. In the first scene - Erin Statz was the angel and Chelsea Renz - Mary, in the second scene Pastor Don Olson was Gabriel and Chuck Tuttle was Joseph. In the third scene Sarah Wheeland was Mary and Deb Troudt was Elizabeth. In the fourth scene Katrina Wulfplayed Mary and Tyler Strobl played Joseph. With them was a small horse (the don- key) provided by Patty Ruttrfihn. At each station characters gave a first person account of the events. Even the Shetland seemed to talk. as it pulled prairie hay from a stable hay bale. In the commercial building, partici- pants were invited to join in a variety of activities Some made Christmas deco- rations which included decorating yule tide logs, golden wire star tree orna- ments and chenille wire Christmas tree ornaments. Other ate popcorn and drank hot chocolate' and still others practiced for a bell choir in Which they played from color coded cards. At 4 p.m. a choir composed of sing- ers from Lawrence, Nelson. Ruskin churches as well as Salem Lutheran sang selected Christmas carols. Pastor Margaret Olson accompanied the group on her violin. Carol,Wulf directed the bell choir. Stephanie Thayer sang a solo. The program ended with short message from pastors Don Olson and Stephen Berry. A video of Christmas Live bell choir -practice can be found on It is entitled Christmas Live Bell Choir Practice 2010. Don OIson (left), Salem Lutheran interim pastor, and Chuck Turtle give a first person account of the angel's visit to Joseph from the Biblical account of the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke. Chelesa Renz dressed as Mary at Christmas Live in Nelson Sunday and reponds to the angel visit from the Biblical account of the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke. Susan Watson, dressed in Biblical costume, assisted wth activies at Christmas Alive. Sunday. will need repeated about every two years "7"4 .... theea le'se es" Carol Wulf directs the children's  te suretomoK at g Y , .............. bell choir pract ce using color coded borensen said. tie S lOOKing rlgnt at' cards. The colors matched the you. handles of the bells and indicated when the players were to vigorously shake their bells. Sierra Blackburn, the daughter of Tom and Norma Blackburn, Superior, and Sena Petersen, the granddaughter of Berwyrn and Betty Peterson, Hebron, play bells during the bell choir practice at Christmas Live. Sunday afternoon in Nelson. The exterior of the Superior Country Club is complete. Ground surrounding the building has been landscaped. Interior work in process this week includes insulating the ceiling and painting the walls. Note the eagle in near the right of the picture. DebTroudt (left) and Sarah Wheeland, visit as Elizabeth and Mary from the Biblical account in the gospel of Luke. The scene was part of Christmas Live sponsored by Salem Lutheran Church with the assistance of other area chu rchs Sunday, at the NuckoUs County fairgrounds.